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Publisher's Summary

Three-time Christy Award winner and best-selling author Lynn Austin pens a fascinating historical novel based on actual Biblical events. Shortly after the death of King Solomon in 931 B.C., the Promised Land is divided into two separate nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. Hezekiah is the second son of King Ahaz of Judah. As he comes to power, he must navigate a troubled path to reunite his wayward people with Yahweh.
©2005 Lynn Austin (P)2005 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wolfpacker on 08-25-08

Engrossing Book, Not Just for Female Readers

I noticed all of the reviews for this book on Amazon, though very high, were written by females. My question was, "Is this a book only for chicks?" The answer is, "No."
Gods and Kings is one of the more engrossing books of the 50 or so I have read from Audible. Obviously, you have to be a Christian or Jew to accept the story; however, I find the book to be much deeper and more moving than most Christian literature. I particularly like the believable scenarios offered for priests that slip into idolatry gradually, a king that spirals down to the abyss of sin, and a young king that forgets and then rediscovers his God. The involvement of the prophets Isaiah and Micah are particularly well done.
The only negative to this selection is that the reader does a poor job on about half of the male voices, particularly that of King Ahaz. Other than that, good reading and great writing!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 08-28-10

This was a GREAT listen!

I work at an incredibly mundane data-entry job. Monday I started listening and by Wednesday I had finished it and purchased the 2nd in the series! It was so entertaining! At first, the narrator was sort of annoying, but I was quickly absorbed by the story and characters and didn't even notice it anymore.

Although the book was written a few years ago (not to mention the "original" book thousands of years ago), the themes are very much relavant to today. Between wars and treachery, greed and apathy, this story could be written about many public figures today along with other individuals in our own lives.

Book 2 has been equally entertaining. I'll download the 3rd in the series by the end of the weekend!

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